Earl Scruggs

8:00am

Thu March 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Earl Scruggs Made Country And Bluegrass Cool

Earl Scruggs during a show in Indio, Calif., on May 3, 2008.
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The death Wednesday of banjo legend Earl Scruggs at the age of 88 is generating many, many reports today about how he "helped define the sound of bluegrass," as our friends at The Record blog say.

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7:48pm

Wed March 28, 2012
Music

Earl Scruggs, Bluegrass Legend, Dies

Originally published on Fri March 30, 2012 12:14 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And finally, this hour, we remember Earl Scruggs, the master of the five-string banjo, who has died at age 88. As a young man, he created his own style of fingerpicking on the banjo that would come to bear his name: Scruggs style. He got his start with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in the 1940s and then teamed up with Lester Flatt as Flatt and Scruggs. And he influenced countless players over his many decades of music, among them, fellow banjo player Tony Trischka, who joins me now.

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7:40pm

Wed March 28, 2012
The Record

Bluegrass Legend Earl Scruggs Has Died

Earl Scruggs shown during a show in Indio, Calif., on May 3, 2008.
Michael Buckner Getty Images